A phone call from an old friend sets Dr.
Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mysterious manuscript he's hunted for over five hundred years. He never expected a young student librarian could be the key to unlock its secrets, nor could he have predicted the danger she would attract.
Now he and Beatrice De Novo follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, though the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation hundreds of years in the making.
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Wonderful story with unforgettable characters. One of the best I have read.
I was very happy to have found and read this book. I am much more interested in elemental stories, and guess what?
I suppose if Ms Hunter, for whom this book is my introduction to her work, feels the need for a fifth book in the series, it could feature something of Spirit, which many Pagani know as the fifth element—yes, the movie got that summoning correct. Library introduces her to a fire-affiliated vampire, who has charm up the wazoo, even without special vampire powers.
Otherwise they are vampires of legend, but nicer and not broody for the most part. Unknown to her growing up, her father, a Dante scholar on a research trip to Italy when B was ten, was not killed in an auto accident, but killed and then turned. She was messed up as a teen, had no deep interest in Dante, but a research librarian feels very right to her.
Gio alternately scares and fascinates her. Gio needs Internet research, but his ties to fire make most electronics break. B can do it for him, and he hires her as a part time assistant.
Her preferred style of dress is black and Doc Martin boots. This talent comes up later in the book. Nothing was telegraphed to me, and given the ending, I look forward to the more of their stories throughout the rest of the series.
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